Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Essence de Patchouli by Alyssa Ashley
There's a slightly different twist on Alyssa Ashley's rendition of Patchouli than others of this genre I have smelled. The ratio of Orris, Coumarin and Geranium give it that something "extra and different" to set it apart. It's just enough to distance itself from the rest of the pack.
The initial application makes you realize that this is Patch, but rendered sideways. Mrs. Aromi, in her infinite fragrance wisdom, declared it to smell like.......(with furrowed brows) "In your face.......powerful.......STUFF"...........As usual, my better half dislikes it immensely...........and that means I'll probably either like it or love it. In this case however, I lean toward non-chalant "like" with "love" far away over the horizon.
The Vanilla and Musk, listed in the base, incrementally gain momentum as the wearing ensues. On my skin, they never overtake the composition and it's this that disallows Essence from leaning too far feminine. The balance of notes is well done, as is the overall performance. I'll never love this particular rendition of patchouli, but I do like it and recognize a good release.
Sillage is semi strong, but reigns itself in within 10 minutes. Longevity is approximately 5 hours on me. Thumbs up from Aromi for Alyssa Ashley's Essence de Patchouli and a strong recommendation to sample before purchase.